My Photography






When I got interested  in  photography, in the late 60s early 70s, of course money was tight and little of it.
My first camera (except for a Browning Holiday in 1949) was a Minolta SRT-101 35mm SLR and later a Minolta SRT-102 35mm SLR. I had a Minolta 58mm f/1.2 lens, that was a nice lens, Using a Minolta Flash and a Honeywell Flash with a big battery pack
My hobby in photography turn into a job in order to support my new hobby in photography.
I had a local photographer (Jimmy Carty) in my little home town in Kentucky, that took me under his wing. And I was shooting weddings mostly, some group pictures, and anything else I could. Boy I hated those wedding receptions.
Got a away from it for many years

     .........Then one day several years ago, at a steel guitar convention, I met the famous photographer Jim Nelligan. We became good friends. And I started picking his brain about cameras and lenses.
    One day I told him that when the new digital stuff caught up to my old 35mm stuff, I would get one. He said, "My friend get you wallet out, The time has come.
    I got the chance to use Jim's new digital camera, And I was hooked.
     I later call Jim and he told me what camera and which lens was the best for me. It was a lot of money but I knew if I didn't get what he told me, I wouldn't be satisfied.......
    ........And this year Jim couldn't wait to show me his new 10mm wide angle lens. You guest it, and with me having a very understanding wife, I've already got it and having a ball.
    Thanks Jim.......Just for being my Friend.

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My first Camera

1949 Browning Holiday
It used 127 film
And a M2 Flash bulb


 Dan  and   Jim
Jim owns
J and J Photo Studio
in Greentown, IN

My Photographic Equipment Of Yesteryear
Minolta SRT 101 35mm SLR

Minolta SRT 102 35mm SLR

Minolta MC Rokkor 58mm f/1.2 lens

Honeywell Strobonar Flash




My Photographic Equipment Of Today

Bottom Battery Pack
With Vertical Controls

All Together

Hood for Canon 28-135mm Lens

Canon 28-135mm f/3.5   -  Macro 0.5m/1.6ft

Canon 28-135mm f/3.5   -  Macro 0.5m/1.6ft

Picture                    with above lens                     Crop 


Tokina AT-X840 AF D   80-400mm f/4.5-5.6

Tokina AT-X840 AF D   80-400mm f/4.5-5.6

Hood for 10-22mm Lens

Canon Zoom EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5 Wide Angle

Canon Zoom EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5 Wide Angle

Canon Extender EF 2x II

Canon Extender EF 2x II

Merkury Optics 2.0X telephoto lens
Taking the 28-135 up to 28-270

Merkury Optics 2.0X telephoto lens
Taking the 28-135 up to 28-270

I use Hoya PRO1 Digital and Tiffen UV Haze Protection Filters on all of
my lenses and Circular Polarized filters when needed

STITZ Flash Bracket Grip
This is a great grip and some Sunsoft Cokin Filters
Thanks to my very good friend Jim Nelligan

Canon SpeedLite 430EX

Canon SpeedLite 430EX  Slave   


DC Off Shoe Flash Cable for Canon 430EX II

Flash Bounce Diffuser


Tamrac Model 709 Pro Convertible

a Pop-Off™ Pocket holds accessories and can be quickly removed when necessary.
USA Patented Lens-Bridge® with LensGate® divider system cradles camera with lens attached while the LensGates® swing open to protect equipment from harmful contact
c Removable shoulder strap with thick foam pad.
d Large foam-padded end pockets.

Elastic Accessory/ Light Loops inside top.
Total Coverage Top.



This is handy to keep in the bag.
The Zoom H2 is a very good quality
audio recorder and it fits a mic stand
or the tripod if needed

One handy thing is the backup battery
for the camera and the recorder
both use AA batteries

And I only use

When time and use is more
important than the cost

AT-858 Professional Tripod by DynaTran™
Black Support Up To 22.2lbs

Both have Ball with camera quick release mount

All Heads are


with 858 Head

My Favorite

                          This is Important !
   I had just a reg. old CF card and I thought things where going a little slow. And when I went to order a extra CF card I started noticing the price with some being a little higher that others of the same GB.
    So reading about them I found the reg. CF card write and read speed was 5MB/s and lower and the Extreme III was 20MB/s and up.
     Man what a big difference, after the 1st one, I got two more.
PS: now Extreme III @ 30MB/s and Extreme IV
@ 45MB/s are available. My 20MB/s works great

                    Here is what  SanDisk said about them.
Part 1
     SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash is designed exclusively for the high-end, professional photographers who work under extreme conditions and expect the very best in products and support services

A minimum of 20MB/sec sequential write and read speed, which allows for faster capturing of large image files to the card, faster viewing of images and faster data transfer rates.
       *Based on SanDisk internal testing. 1 megabyte = 1 million bytes."

       Features ESP Technology (Enhanced Super-Parallel Processing Technology), which provides best-in-class performance SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash cards are tested in extreme temperature ranges from -13 to +185 degrees Fahrenheit so that they can be used to shoot photos in any weather condition

       SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash cards are shock and vibration tested with industrial-grade RTV included, which is designed for rugged use

Backed by a lifetime warranty

       In addition, these cards are packaged with a mini-CD for data recovery software, RescuePRO, to recover photos that are accidentally deleted. A dedicated technical support line is available for our direct customers of SanDisk Extreme III products, and the support from this hotline will receive priority service. Lastly, these cards also include a travel case to help photographers keep their memory cards organized.
                                                                           I'm Sold


My First Digital Camera
Now My Back Up Camera
Fuji Finepix 4700 zoom

This is a amazing little camera
and it use AA batteries
Camera      -     FUJI  FinePix 4700 Zoom

Price      -      $799
Sensor Resolution (Pixels)      -      1/1.7 inch, SuperCCD, 2.4 million pixels
Image Dimensions      -      2400x1800, 1280x960, 640x480
Compression Levels      -      Fine, Normal, Basic
Sensitivity - ISO equivalent       -      ISO 200, 400, 800
Lens Type      -      Super EBC Fujinon glass aspherical
Lens - Focal Length (35mm equivalents)      -      36-108mm
Lens - Aperture Range      -      f/2.8-f/4.5, f/7-f/10.8 (wide-tele)
Filter Threads      -      none
Shutter Speed Range 1/4 - 1/2,000      -      up to 3 sec in Night Mode (ISO 200 only)
Exposure      -      TTL, Automatic (64-segment)
Exposure Compensation      -      +/-1.5 EV, 0.3EV steps
Self-Timer      -      10 seconds
Focus      -      Autofocus
Focus Range      -      31.5 in (0.8m) to infinity
Macro Range      -      7.9 - 31.5 inches (20 - 80 cm)
Storage      -      SmartMedia 3.3v, 16MB Standard
Image Capacity      -      9-248 (16 Meg card)
File Format(s)      -      JPEG
Image Capture Cycle Time, secs (High/Low Res)      -      1.5-2.5 seconds
Image Download Time ("HQ" image mode)      -      USB: 563 Kbytes/second (!)
Flash Range      -      7.9 in - 13.1/9.8 ft (20 cm - 4.0/3.0 m) (wide/tele)
Flash Modes      -      Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction, "slow synchro" flash
Viewfinder      -      Optical and color LCD
LCD Screen      -      2.0", color TFT, low-temp polysilicon, active-matrix with 130,000 pixels
Video Out      -      NTSC (PAL in Europe)
Special Features       -      Auto Bracketing of 3 pictures (1/3, 2/3 or 1.0 EV), "slide show"
                                          playback with transitions, up to 15x playback magnification, in-camera
                                          resizing, Movie Mode records 10fps with audio, up to 80 seconds on
                                          16MB card.
Power      -      Two (2) AA cells,      included high-capacity 1600mAH NiMH cells and rapid charger
Battery I used      -      Energizer Lithium, Not rechargeable 
Usable Battery Types      -      NiMH or high-capacity NiCd rechargeable.  Lithium, Not rechargeable
Size      -      3.1 x 3.8 x 1.3 inches (79 x 97.5 x 33.4 mm)
Weight      -      9.0 ounces (255g)
Software      -      Adobe Photo Deluxe 3.0/2.0 (Windows/Mac), USB drivers, Exif Viewer
Optional Accessories      -      Floppy-disk adapter, 8, 16, 32, 64MB SmartMedia cards